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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Another Thin Man (1939)

Starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger, C. Aubrey Smith
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke II
(actor & director credits courtesy

Nick and Nora look into the threats made to the executor of her father's estate by a man he was responsible for sending to prison, but find their investigation may soon put them into danger as well.

The third film in the popular Thin Man series, again features a story by crime novelist Dashiell Hammett and returns most of the principals in front of and behind the camera from the previous pictures.  The comedy isn't quite as fresh this time around, but the mystery story is another taut winner, and the writers try to shake up the formula by adding a child for the Charles', although it doesn't keep Nick from his usual favoring of the grape.  It's an enjoyable picture and fans of the first two Thin Man movies will find much to like here, but it doesn't outdo the initial picture in the series. 

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